Viola Davis says she has been in regular contact with Michelle Obama as she prepares to play her

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Viola Davis says she has had a lot of contact with Michelle Obama as she prepares to play her in Showtime’s The First Lady

Viola Davis says she spoke to Michelle Obama for “ a few hours ” as she prepares to play her in Showtime’s The First Lady.

The 55-year-old actress appears on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon Friday said the assignment is extra daunting due to the respect and admiration she has for the former first lady.

“It’s terrifying because … sometimes someone doesn’t live up to the image you have in your head,” she told host Fallon, 46. “But when they live up to the image, it’s pretty scary. It is real.’

The latest: Viola Davis, 55, says she spent 'a few hours' with Michelle Obama, 57, as she prepared to play her on Showtime's The First Lady

Obama expressed the same admiration for the Suicide Squad actress earlier this month during a conversation with Entertainment Tonight

Obama expressed the same admiration for the Suicide Squad actress earlier this month during a conversation with Entertainment Tonight

The latest: Viola Davis, 55, says she spent ‘a few hours’ with Michelle Obama, 57, as she prepared to play her on Showtime’s The First Lady

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom star said of Michelle, ‘The woman is a goddamn goddess. Everyone knows her. Everyone feels like they want to protect her. Here’s the thing: I’m just going to do my best. ‘

The Oscar-winning Fences star joked that she had “ momentary insanity ” accepting the high-profile role in the cable series.

“I’ve gone mad for about five minutes and I’ve made a decision that I can’t take back,” she said.

Obama previously expressed similar admiration for the Suicide Squad actress during his conversation with Entertainment tonight earlier this month.

The Oscar-winning Fences star joked with Jimmy Fallon that she had 'temporary insanity' accepting the high-profile role in the cable series

The Oscar-winning Fences star joked with Jimmy Fallon that she had 'temporary insanity' accepting the high-profile role in the cable series

The Oscar-winning Fences star joked with Jimmy Fallon that she had ‘temporary insanity’ accepting the high-profile role in the cable series

Obama said earlier this month: 'Everything Viola does, she does with passion and strength, and I know she will do no less for this role'

Obama said earlier this month: 'Everything Viola does, she does with passion and strength, and I know she will do no less for this role'

Obama said earlier this month: ‘Everything Viola does, she does with passion and strength, and I know she will do no less for this role’

Iconic: Former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were fooled at Joe Biden's inauguration in January

Iconic: Former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were fooled at Joe Biden's inauguration in January

Iconic: Former US President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama were fooled at Joe Biden’s inauguration in January

“I don’t feel like I’m worth it,” Obama said. ‘I wish I could be better at living up to the character that Viola has to play, but it’s exciting. Everything Viola does she does with passion and strength, and I know she will do no less for this role. ‘

The South Carolina native will be joined in the cast of OT Fagbenle, who plays President Barack Obama, Gillian Anderson plays Eleanor Roosevelt, and Aaron Eckhart and Michelle Pfeiffer, who plays President Gerald and Betty Ford, with Dakota Fanning playing their daughter Susan Ford. plays. .

Davis has spoken at length before AND in September 2019 about taking up the role.

“I’ve always been intrigued by the first ladies,” she said. ‘I’ve always been intrigued by the person who doesn’t get as much attention as the other. And I don’t want to say ‘the women behind the men,’ the women next to the men, what their sacrifices are … their day – today. ‘

She said of the vaunted part, “Listen, here’s the thing, you could either fail really big or succeed really big, and I think this is my big success or it fails a really big moment,” she said. “I’m a little scared… I met Michelle Obama and… just what you think she is, she is.

‘She’s great. She is wonderful in every way. She’s smart. She is confident. She is eloquent. She believes in sisterhood. ‘

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